MEN: Yaya Toure should win Player of the Year
- 28 March 2014 07:49
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Tuesday’s heroics at Old Trafford may have dominated the headlines for the last few days, but focus has now switched to talk of the title race.
One man who has been instrumental in City's bid to regain the crown is Yaya Toure, and the MEN believes that the Ivorian should scoop the Player of the Year gong.
The midfielder is having a sensational season by his own high standards, and Stuart Brennan has written of the immense contribution Yaya has made to City's campaign this term.
Scribes Brennan: "The players have been voting this week for the PFA Player of the Year award, and the Football Writers Association version will not be far behind.
"Suarez is a heavy odds-on favourite to win both baubles, having scored 28 league goals, and being the single biggest reason that Liverpool are fighting it out with City and Chelsea for the league title.
"But Toure is third favourite, behind Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, and that is scandalous.
"Perhaps it is because Toure has other contenders in his own team that his incredible contribution to City’s success story has not stood out as much as it should.
"Toure has been a constant in City’s magnificent form this season, and remains the man who pops up and produces a piece of magic when it is most needed.
"He already has a winner’s medal in his pocket after producing a phenomenal goal in the Capital One Cup final which changed the course of that game.
"And, despite being a holding midfielder to all intents and purposes, he has scored 21 goals this season, an astonishing return.
"Not only that, the variety of goals makes his collection special – long-range smashes and curls, deadly free-kicks, ice-cool penalties, powerful surges with lethal finishes, and poachers’ tap-ins."
Elsewhere, the Blues travel to Arsenal on Saturday evening looking to take another step towards winning the title – and there is plenty of title talk around in this morning’s papers.
No, it’s not managers or players from those involved doing the talking this time, but two former stars have offered their thoughts on how Saturday’s clash at the Emirates could affect the race at the top of the Premier League.
IN THE BLUE CORNER…. It’s Jamie Redknapp, who reckons City will be Champions if they can secure all three points against the Gunners.
Redknapp told Sky Sports: “If Manchester City go to Arsenal and win this weekend I think the Premier League title will be theirs.
“Three points would mean City can afford to lose at Liverpool and still overtake Chelsea at the top of the table – and they’re more than capable of beating this low-on-confidence Arsenal side.
“A few weeks ago, when Arsene Wenger’s team were still title contenders, this game looked like it would be the biggest of the season - but despite Arsenal tailing off, there’s still plenty riding on this one
“City need the points for their title push, while the home side can’t afford their season to dwindle away because Everton are challenging them for fourth.”
AND IN THE RED CORNER… It’s Robert Pires, who argues a win for Arsenal could see them right back in a four-way title battle.
The Gunners have lost to Chelsea and conceded a late equaliser to Swansea in the last few days, so the former Arsenal man says this is “like a cup final”.
Seen that phrase used a few times now which must mean we are nearing the business end of the season!
The Daily Express quote Pires as saying: "At the moment, it has been a good season.
"Manchester City is like a cup final for Arsenal. If they beat them, it is possible for them to win the title. You never know with football.
"I always believe in Wenger and the players and I'm always confident in Arsenal."
He added: "If they lost, the title race is over for Arsenal. It is important for them to buy another striker.
"The priority is to buy another striker to play with Olivier Giroud.”
All eyes on North London tomorrow then…